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Posted on August 13, 2020

Georgia has indefinitely extended sales and use tax exemptions for nonprofit volunteer health clinics, nonprofit health centers and qualified food banks. Read this article to learn more about applying for sales and use tax exemption letters of authorization.

Posted on July 24, 2020

In Georgia, most §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations ARE NOT exempt from paying sales and use tax in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Revenue (GA DOR) realized that many tax-exempt organizations are not aware of their sales tax obligations especially regarding their fundraising activities. So, on July 2, 2020, the GA DOR issued a comprehensive bulletin on how and when sales and use tax applies to nonprofit fundraising activities. The bulletin explains 13 different fundraising scenarios and their sales tax implications. For instance, does your nonprofit have to collect sales tax on the sale of an auction item donated to your organization? What if you host a road race and charge an admission fee to raise funds? Should sale tax be charged on golf tournament entry fees or mulligans? Those and many more questions are answered in this bulletin.

Posted on May 21, 2019

As a Georgia nonprofit: (a) do we pay sales tax on items we buy? (b) do we have to charge sales tax on items we sell? and (c) do we have to charge sales tax on fundraising activities including admissions to our galas, golf tournaments, and fun runs?

Much of the time, the answer is yes! Nonprofits in Georgia are not automatically exempt from sales tax.

During this presentation, our speakers will:

– Provide an overview of sales taxes and use taxes in Georgia;
– Explain how sales tax is collected and remitted in Georgia;
– Describe the structure of exemptions to sales tax and some limited exemptions; and
– Discuss whether sales tax must be collected when conducting various fundraising activities.

View the webcast here.

Posted on March 25, 2019

The Georgia Department of Revenue issued two notices on March 1, 2019 updating its previous policy bulletins regarding sales tax exemptions involving certain 501(c)(3) organizations. These notices update Policy Bulletins SUT-2017-04 (PDF) and SUT-2017-02 (PDF).

Posted on October 11, 2018

Nonprofit organizations that hold fundraisers or sell merchandise must be cognizant of sales tax collection obligations. Many nonprofit organizations think that they are not obligated to collect sales tax. Perhaps they believe that they are not required to collect tax because they do not routinely sell products or tickets. Some organizations think that their exemption from federal income tax extends to sales tax. But nonprofit organizations, with a few exceptions, are required to collect sales tax (and required to pay sales tax on purchases). This article provides guidance to nonprofits on their sales tax obligations regarding gala ticket and silent auction sales.

Posted on September 27, 2012

Unlike many other states, the State of Georgia does not grant a blanket exemption from sales and use tax to Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. In order to be exempt from paying tax on goods that are purchased or sold by the organization, the organization or the transaction must fit one of the specific, narrow exceptions laid out in the Georgia Code and the organization must obtain an exemption determination letter from the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Posted on September 26, 2012

Unlike some states, Georgia does not provide a general exemption from the payment of state sales and use tax for nonprofit organizations. To be exempt from Georgia state sales and use tax, a nonprofit must fit into a specific exemption category. This article describes some of the exemptions that may apply to nonprofit organizations.